Select Page

Month: August 2019

We asked, you told us: Most people use Google Assistant for a variety of things

I consider myself a pretty boring Google Assistant user. I use it quite frequently on my phones and Google Home speakers, but really only to ask it general questions and to tell me the weather. That’s why we asked you last week to tell us what you use Google Assistant for. Are you a boring user like me, or do you command your smart home with the voice assistant? Out of over 1,400 total votes, the results were actually pretty even. Which video chat apps do you use? Results 18% of voters said they use Google Assistant for controlling their smart home products, 16.6% use it to ask general questions, and 16.5% use it to play music around their house. 15.1% use it to set reminders, and 14.6% use Assistant to ask about the weather. More posts about Google Assistant What do you use Google Assistant for most often? (Poll of the Week) Jimmy Westenberg3 days ago JBL Link Bar review: The smartest speaker in its class Lily Katz1 week ago Lenovo Smart Clock just got two of the Google Nest Hub’s best features Williams Pelegrin1 week ago Scam alert: Avoid asking Google Assistant for a support number (Update) C. Scott Brown1 week ago OK Google not working? Here’s how to fix it Williams Pelegrin1 week ago You can now send Google Assistant reminders to forgetful ones in your...

Read More

Plan Picks: $300 off the Pixel 3 XL and $200 free with Verizon

Plan Picks is your one-stop destination for the best carrier deals around. This week’s promotion could potentially let you walk away with a new phone as well as a $20 surplus overall. Right now, Verizon is offering $300 off on either the Google Pixel 3 or 3 XL. On top of that, you can get a $200 Prepaid Mastercard and up to $450 in savings with a select trade-in handset. Wait, a free Pixel 3 XL and $20? Well, in a way, yes. A Pixel 3 XL retails for $930, so if you add up all the savings above (counting the Mastercard as money), you effectively get a free Pixel and $20. But you need to know the steps required. First, you’ll need to add either the Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL with monthly device payments to your cart. You’ll also need a line of service for the maximum savings. The $300 is then credited to your account over 24 months. This indeed means you’ll redeem the money slowly, but it’s still some savings in the grand scheme of things. If you switch to a Verizon Unlimited Plan, you’ll also receive a $200 Prepaid Mastercard within only eight weeks. That’s much faster. Now, to get that extra $450 off on your Pixel, you’ll need to trade-in an eligible device. The list is surprisingly generous, ranging from the Galaxy...

Read More

PAX West 2019: Hands-On Time with the Playdate Handheld Gaming System from Panic

Back in May, software developer Panic, Inc. sort of broke the internet when they unveiled a quirky new handheld gaming system called the Playdate. Since Panic is a software company they actually teamed up with Swedish consumer electronics company Teenage Engineering to produce this bit of hardware, and boy to they have some different ideas. The one that’s front and center is that the Playdate features a tiny crank which can be used for gameplay in addition to its d-pad and two face buttons. The way games will be released for the system, at least at first, is also rather unique. There will be 12 games in the first “season” of releases that come included with the price of the handheld itself, and they’ll be slowly released each week over the course of about 3 months. While several of these games have been announced already, many more of them are a complete surprise and will remain that way until they release. I never thought I could be excited about a game release strategy, but here we are. Panic has also courted an absolute superstar list of some of the most revered game developers in the industry to create quirky little experiences for Playdate. People like Zach Gage, Bennett Foddy, and Shaun Inman all have titles in the works, as does Keita Takahashi, the creator of Katamari Damacy. It’s Takahashi’s...

Read More

PAX West 2019: A Lengthy Demo of Simogo’s ‘Sayonara Wild Hearts’, Which Will Be Part of Apple Arcade

Simogo is one of the most legendary developers on mobile, and their library of games that they’ve released over the past decade has run the gamut of being utterly charming with unique mechanics to games that just straight up redefined what interactive entertainment even is. I think they are geniuses, but the mobile platform hasn’t been super kind to poor Simogo. Constant software and hardware changes have made keeping their existing games up and running a headache, and the nature of pricing on the App Store means that even their most critically acclaimed titles aren’t exactly ensuring they have a secure future in game development. So in December of 2017 Simogo more or less bowed out of the mobile arena, with their new game tentatively titled Project Night Road being developed exclusively for consoles and PC. They weren’t saying they’d NEVER make a mobile game again, but they just had to try out a different strategy in a different segment of the video game world. However, earlier this year when Apple announced their Apple Arcade subscription gaming service, Simogo’s new game, which was now called Sayonara Wild Hearts, was among the games announced that would be heading to the service. Finally mobile gamers could get excited for Simogo’s next masterpiece alongside console and PC gamers. And Sayonara Wild Hearts, to no surprise, is also shaping up to be another...

Read More

Original Samsung Galaxy Note second only to iPhone in setting trends

In the summer of 2011, Samsung took a chance on a new phone. Meant to complement — and yet also supersede — the Galaxy S series, the Samsung Galaxy Note was a harbinger of things to come in ways Samsung likely never imagined. The phone offered a then-incredible 5.3-inch 1,280p display, a massive battery, and a stylus — a tool famously labeled a “failure” by former Apple CEO and iPhone visionary Steve Jobs. Eight years later, it’s clear the Galaxy Note is anything but a failure. In fact, quite the opposite as Android fans the world over look to Samsung to set the smartphone tone each year. Here’s a look at the original Samsung Galaxy Note and what it meant for the smartphone market from the perspective of 2011. Don’t miss: Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus review: Not the Note you know A sea of smallness One of the most popular phones in the fall of 2011 was the Apple iPhone 4S, which had a 3.5-inch display. The dimensions of the iPhone 4S measured 114 x 59 x 9.4mm — quite tiny compared to today’s standards. Sure, some Android devices had ratcheted things up to 4.3 inches or larger (check the HTC Sensation or Motorola Droid X2), but that was about the limit of what consumers were willing to stick in their pockets at the time. The 4.3-inch display was...

Read More